White team wins over Crimson 23-17 in Alabama A Day Game

The White team scored 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning 39-yard catch by Brandon Gibson on the final play, to earn a 23-17 victory over the Crimson Team in the 2010 Golden Flake A-Day Game before a crowd of 91,312 at Bryant-Denny Stadium and an ESPN national television audience.

Gibson nabbed the pass from quarterback A.J. McCarron with no time remaining for the victory.  Trailing, 17-7, entering the fourth quarter, the White team closed to within 17-14 on a 25-yard pass from Star Jackson to Demetrius Goode with 10:43 left, then tied the score at 17-17 on a 27-yard field goal by Cade Foster with 3:13 remaining.

The Crimson Team had built its 17-7 lead on a 20-yard Jeremy Shelley field goal with 3:10 left in the first quarter, a 39-yard pass from Greg McElroy to Marquis Maze with 10:54 remaining in the second quarter and a 5-yard run by Eddie Lacy with 12:20 remaining in the third quarter.  The White Team's only score before the fourth-quarter rally was a 28-yard pass from McCarron to Trent Richardson with 32 seconds left in the first quarter, giving the White Team a 7-3 lead entering the second quarter.

Running back Mark Ingram earned the Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player Award with 90 yards rushing on only 9 carries.  Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus earned the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the Game Award with 3 tackles, including 1 quarterback sack and 1.5 tackles for losses.  Dareus was also credited with 2 quarterback hurries.

White Team defensive back Robert Lester led all tacklers with 8 tackles. Gibson led all receivers with 8 catches for 142 yards and 1 touchdown while McCarron passed for a game-high 196 yards while completing 12 of 28 passes for 2 touchdowns.  McElroy completed 12 of 22 passes for 142 yards and 1 touchdown.

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